Usenet News Conferencing
Usenet NEWS (netnews) is the other popular method of providing
for asynchronous conferencing on the Internet. It can be
fun and it can be informative. But beware, as it can also
be offensive if you look for offensive material.
The best way to access Usenet NEWS at Penn State is through
a nntp client such as Trumpet Newsreader or InterNews. Be aware
that you will need a Penn State access account to post to
Penn State neither censors nor authors information
found on Usenet news. (CAC disclaimer)
- The document
What is Usenet
is a good starting point.
- Here is a
- Here is a pointer to a list of
and descriptions. Note that this list may be somewhat out of date.
- Here are pointers to two chapters on Usenet
adapted from the Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet:
- A pointer to the
Stanford Netnews Filtering Service.
- A pointer to an excellent set of
Usenet FAQs. There is a good chance that one of these documents
will answer your Usenet NEWS questions.
- Some Usenet newsgroups have archives. Here is a link
to a page that will help you locate
- Here is a link to the EFF Extended Guide to the Internet introductory
- More information from EFF about
- How does one create a new newsgroup? Here are a set of
- The huge repository of collected Usenet NEWS postings can be
used as a database of information. Here is a link to
one searching service
Many Penn State courses utilize a local form of Usenet NEWS for course-related
conferencing. The local system is called CLASSNEWS. A document is
This page is maintained and made available for educational use by
Dr. Gerry Santoro,